Scribal palette with two styli
New Kingdom, Dynasty 19
Height x width x depth: 40 x 6 x 1 cm (15 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Out on Loan
On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2020
This rectangular scribal palette of wood still has two original writing styli. It’s two circular wells do not retain obvious traces of pigment. There is a small cartouche of king Ramesses II (Dynasty 19), incised on the side.
By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way